Top city: Amsterdam
Legal since: April 2001
Number of married gay couples: 5,600 estimated through the end of 2005
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to enact marriage equality in 2001. The law is valid in the Netherlands proper and the Caribbean Islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba but not in Aruba, Curaçao, or St. Maarten (where same-sex marriages are recognized but not performed).